New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 31-22. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady will likely practice today

Need more evidence that Tom Bradyis one of the toughest players in the NFL? After the New England Patriots legend sprained his knee yesterday, none of us would have expected Brady to even practice tomorrow. However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Tom Brady will likely practice today, and it sounds like he doesn’t want to lose important reps with his rookie receivers.

Brady’s injury gave us all quite the scare yesterday, and I feel bad for left tackle Nate Solder. He was the victim of a terrific bull rush from breakout star candidate Adrian Clayborn, and those who watched the video of the play might be under the false impression that Solder is a liability at tackle; he’s far from it. In fact, Solder has had a really good camp, and the irony is that Brady praised him just a couple of days ago.

Anyway, there’s definitely a chance of Brady playing tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and there’s good and bad to that. The bad is that there’s an uncertainty in bringing back your star QB for a meaningless preseason game just days after sustaining a knee injury, but he would have definitely suited up if this were the regular season. The bad is also that Ryan Mallett and Tim Tebow won’t be able to “take advantage” of the added reps, and neither has been impressive to this point in training camp.

But the good in having Brady back to play in an exhibition game against the Bucs is the fact that he can develop a better rapport with the rookie receivers in game situations. While they would still get those reps with the other QBs, it’s Tom Brady who will be throwing it to them when the games actually count.

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